Marsh faces crown court trial

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The former world light-welterweight boxing champion Terry Marsh was sent for trial at crown court yesterday, charged with attempting to dishonestly obtain a student grant.

Marsh, 39, from Basildon, Essex, who stood down as a Liberal Democrat candidate at the general election, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court in London, answering unconditional bail. The charge alleges that he lied about his academic qualifications in a student grant application.

He was committed for trial at Southwark Crown Court in London and remanded on unconditional bail by magistrates. Two previous charges of deception involving pounds 9,000 relating to student grants were dropped.

Reporting restrictions were not lifted.